Beginning of antiwar movement explored in American Culture & Politics series


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will launch its 2009–10 American Culture & Politics speaker series with a lecture about this country’s first anti-war movement.

The talk, “1847: America’s First Antiwar Movement and Why It Mattered,” will be given by Amy S. Greenberg of Pennsylvania State University on Monday, Oct. 5, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. It is free and open to the public.

Greenberg will explore the evolution of antiwar sentiment during the United States-Mexico War in order to reveal the importance of dissent in American history. The 1846 war between the U.S. and Mexico has been largely forgotten north of the border, despite the fact that it was a military success for the United States. Most historical scholarship on the war has focused on American battlefield heroics, and on the support for the war among the American people.

But America’s first foreign war also gave birth to the country’s first national antiwar movement, a movement that had a clear impact on the outcome of the conflict.

Greenberg is professor of history and women’s studies at Penn State. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents” (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2010), as well as other books.

In December 2007, the History News Network named her a “Top Young Historian,” and in 2009 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

This American Culture & Politics speaker series is sponsored by the Horning Endowment in the Humanities. For more information, contact the OSU History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history